I finally used my gouache paints. Here are two pieces where I used gouache all by itself. I’ve been dying to use gouache exclusively in a piece. Saving it almost. In my sketchbook with the porous paper, I used my brush to stroke the underpainting freely, working from a still life, with a simple palette of crimson red, brilliant red, and green leaf. Then I used the same palette on smoother, 140 lb. cold press paper. In both cases, I worked wet on dry and wet in wet, and was careful not to overwork or correct.
I feel fruitful and happy. This is exactly the strength of color coupled with transparency and lightness, simplicity, and freedom I’ve been seeking in my work. Finally. Tonight, it feels good.